Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Selah

In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
Ephesians 1:5-6
They are getting him today.
As their son.

To bring home. And to make him part of their family.

For the last several months, my precious running partner/awesome neighbor/dear friend JT and her husband AT have been working through the process of adopting a little boy from Ethiopia. Through the initial decision to the home study to the paperwork and prayer and process, we've seen the truth of God's adoption of us as His children played out in living parable.

It has been profound. And beautiful.

And mysterious.

The circumstances that brought this precious little boy to an orphanage in Ethiopia are heart breaking. And the circumstances that are bringing him into JT and AT's home are miraculous.

Miraculous even though the process has been straightforward. Miraculous even with all the paperwork signed and checked and every t crossed and every i dotted.

Miraculous in how this little boy's life is going to be changed. Completely. As are ours.

I was thinking of him yesterday as I stood in a neighbor's yard, realizing that even with pictures and descriptions, this little boy can't comprehend this street with its row of neat houses. He can't comprehend the bedroom that has been lovingly prepared and decorated for him. He can't comprehend the friends and family, the two new siblings, the grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who are anxiously awaiting his homecoming.

He can't comprehend any of it.

Yet.

I look at the pictures of him, his huge smile lighting up his face, his gorgeous eyes with their hint of mischief and I think on the beauty and grace and gratitude he is bringing into our lives. Children of biological birth are no less treasured. But there is still such a sense of mystery surrounding the coming of this little boy, knowing how deliberately he was chosen, having seen what it has taken to get him here, knowing the sacrifices of travel and finances and ease that have been exchanged for obedience and wonder.

And I marvel that Abba did all this for me.

And for you.

To adopt us in.

When He didn't have to. When He could have stayed with the comfort of His covenant to Israel. But when He chose to extend to us family under the covenant with Abraham.

When He adopted us. And traveled miles of eternity to secure our hearts. And rearranged the furniture to make room for us. And to bring us into the established family of God.

The spirit of adoption.

What a mystery.

What beauty.

The spirit resting on a little boy I've never met but can't wait to see. The spirit resting on me because Abba adopted me. The spirit resting on you when He chose you.

Selah.


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